Pushing back against Mitt Romney's characterization of Friday's dismal Jobs Report as a post-Convention “hangover” for President Obama, campaign Press Secretary Jen Psaki chose an equally alcohol-laced phrase to respond. The numbers in the report showed that a record number of Americans have left the workforce, with the lowest number of citizens holding jobs in 31 years.
"If you go with Mitt Romney's and his team's approach to the economy, their approach is like going back to the hair of the dog, as they say in the bar scenes, and going back to the same policies that led us to the crisis that we've been going through to begin with, that has not worked," Psaki said aboard Air Force One during the swing state victory tour.
"And we know they haven't worked because we've seen this movie before. And he had the opportunity to lay out his plan last week and really just didn’t do that."
Asked if the hair of the dog is "not effective," Psaki hedged.
"I think it's a personal thing. It may work for you; it may not work for everyone."
"If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover," Romney said in a statement about the Jobs Report, which showed an unemployment rate of 8.1%, with the number driven down from last months by a record number of Americans leaving the labor force. Employers added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July and too few to keep up with population growth. The percentage of Americans currently in the labor force is the lowest in 31 years.
After the whole dog debacle earlier in this election cycle for both parties, it seems like no one in either campaign should ever mention dogs in public again...but okay.
*Photo by Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America